Re: MBs and the Handicapped Scout
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Wed, 2 Aug 1995 12:21:22 MDT
Rob White said:
> How many merit badges have been handed out for Environmental
> Science at camp? This MB requires a minimum of one MONTH of observations.
> These observations require measurements of rain, temperature, and
Actually, the MB requirements have a provision for "if at camp, (observe)
on four different days of the week at different times of the day." They do
still need to record temp, rain, and wind (which is easily enough done with
a pack thermometer, estimation of wind speed, and telling if it is raining
and if so how much there is during the 2 hours).
> Forestry MB requires a trip to a "managed" forest area or a logging
> operation (scout camps to not qualify in either case).
Are you sure a scout camp doesn't qualify as a managed private forest area?
Most that I've been to have been forested, and are managed by the camp
rangers in terms of cutting of wood and such.
> Orienteering requires that the scout must take part in three orienteering
> events plus, act as an official in one event, plus teach orienteering
> techiniques to patrol, troop, or post, plus set up a course (all in
> one hour a day at summer camp? I don't think so.). I could go on and
The only requirement that I would see a problem for is teaching the
techniques to the patrol/troop/post, which would have to either be done
beforehand or by gathering the group together at camp and spending a little
while teaching it. The others can be done in groups of 3 (each person sets
up and runs the two courses they need to do, and participates in the two
courses of each of the other 2, which more than meets the requirements).
Perhaps it'll take a bit more than an hour a day, but it is doable.
> The point I want to make is that requirements are waived all the time
> in the name of expediency but some would have us not waive a few
> requirements in the name of doing it by the book. Well the book
> says that requirments may be waived in the case of individuals with
> physical and mental limitations. We obviously do not want to wave so many
> requirements for a MB that it is a joke, but wave (or bend) one or two that ma
> be difficult for the scout to do.
I believe that the book says that rank requirements can be waived if there
is a medical reason to do so, and this can include requiring different MBs,
but I don't think it includes changing MB reqs (except where the
requirements allow the change - such as I believe Camping allows the
substitution of transporting the gear in rather than carrying it in when
that is medically necessary). Yes, requirements do sometimes get glossed
over at summer camp, but we shouldn't use this as an excuse to do it also
(instead we should continue to work at reducing the abuses of the system at
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City